Administrators in the North Allegheny School District have suspended a female teacher who is suspected of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student.
School Superintendent Patricia Green did not respond to requests for comment yesterday, but others in responsible positions identified the teacher as Julie Stimmel.
Mrs. Stimmel, 28, was escorted from the campus last week after being relieved of her duties. She was a member of the English department at North Allegheny High School. She could not be reached for comment.
She is suspected of being involved sexually with a high school senior. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not identify victims or accusers in alleged sex crimes.
Because Mrs. Stimmel was in a position of authority at the high school, she could face criminal charges if she had an affair with the student. Her teaching certificate also could be in jeopardy.
The boy's father said the family did not intend to seek criminal charges against Mrs. Stimmel. He referred other questions to a lawyer retained by the family. The lawyer would not comment.
Even without the boy's cooperation, the school district and prosecutors could pursue a criminal case.
Gary Anderson, police chief of McCandless, where the school district is centered, would not comment on whether his department was involved in an investigation of a North Allegheny teacher.
No charges in the case had been filed with the district judge whose jurisdiction includes the school district.
Last week, North Allegheny spokeswoman Joy Ed declined to comment on the nature of any allegations or who was involved. She would say only that "we are currently looking into a matter. We have some allegations."
Neither Ms. Ed nor Dr. Green responded to questions yesterday regarding Mrs. Stimmel.
Mrs. Stimmel began her career at North Allegheny under her maiden name of Julie Lawrence. Allegheny County records show that she married Richard W. Stimmel, 39, last year.
Mrs. Stimmel received a bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University in December 2001. The registrar said she majored in teaching English in secondary schools.
Employees of the state Department of Education did not respond to questions about her employment history or whether they were aware of any disciplinary action taken against Mrs. Stimmel by North Allegheny.
Staff writers Mike White and Eleanor Chute contributed. Milan Simonich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1956.